Anti ‘Revenge Porn’ Bill Advances In Richmond

A bill that advanced in the Virginia House of Delegates would broaden the state’s revenge porn law by adding a new category of “sexual” images that would be unlawful to disseminate. According to the bill’s sponsor, the measure would build on the General Assembly’s previous work to protect victims from having their intimate images shared without their consent. The issue of so-called revenge porn jumped to the forefront in state politics last year when sex videos live-streamed by Democratic House candidate Susanna Gibson and her husband came to light. Gibson now argues that the dissemination of those videos violated the state’s existing revenge porn law. She said the 8 to 0 subcommittee vote advancing the latest legislation to a full committee showed the General Assembly understands the “severity and the extent of the damage that is done to victims.” The measure would also extend the statute of limitations for prosecution to 10 years from the date the victim discovers the offense. It currently stands at five years from the date the offense was committed.